2021 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid Refresh: a Bigger Grille, Powertrain Updates, and More
One of America’s top-selling cars isn’t quitting the sedan fight.
Traditional four-door cars have been one of the biggest casualties of the SUV and crossover supremacy that's taken a tighter hold of the U.S. market than ever before. Still, in some cases the sedan is determined to hang around; at the forefront of the four-door family-transporter category is the new 2021 Honda Accord, which offers updated styling, safety features, technology, and driving dynamics. Going on sale on Oct. 13, the base model 2021 Honda Accord LX starts at $25,725, while the base 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid starts at $27,325, destination included.
2021 Honda Accord: Exterior Styling Refresh
The entire 2021 Honda Accord lineup receives a wider grille together with the Honda Sensing radar system, with improved integration. A new wheel design is standard on LX, EX-L, and Touring trims; a new paint finish, Sonic Gray Pearl, is available for Sport, Sport Special Edition (SE), and Touring. New and improved LED headlights are available, and should help improve visibility farther down the road. Smaller fog lights are also included, another detail on the front bumper.
2021 Honda Accord: A New Accord Sport Edition
Some of the hottest news to come out of the 2021 Honda Accord refresh is that a new Sport SE model joins the Accord lineup. Replacing the Accord EX 1.5T, the Sport SE retains the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and CVT powertrain, and adds heated leather seats, Smart Entry, heated mirrors, remote engine start, and a four-way power passenger seat.
Equipment for both Sport SE and Sport 1.5T trims includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped gear-selector knob, an eight-speaker sound system, and dual rear USB ports. Sport models get 19-inch, trim-specific wheels, chrome exhaust finishers, a rear spoiler, LED fog lights, and a dark chrome grille.
2021 Honda Accord: Hybrid System and Powertrain Updates
If you're more interested in the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid, there is more good news. Honda updated its two-motor hybrid system, and Honda says there is more direct and immediate throttle response. However, peak total system output remains the same, with 212 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque
The 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid boasts a 48-mpg city/highway fuel-economy rating (the Accord Hybrid Touring model comes in at 44/41), and it offers the most power and torque output in its class. For maximizing fuel efficiency, and requiring no input from the driver, the hybrid-powertrain control system manages power delivery by switching automatically between EV Drive, Hybrid Drive, and Engine Drive. Additionally, the 2021 Accord's brake-by-wire technology, according to Honda, provides consistent braking performance using regenerative braking and less brake-pedal input. Style-wise, adding a touch of luxe and sporty appearance, the 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid Touring also gets a new set of 19-inch wheels.
Now featuring improved idle-stop performance with a quicker engine start-up, Honda says, the 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 192 hp and 192 lb-ft, is paired to a CVT transmission, and is standard in Accord LX, Sport, Sport SE, and EX-L. For drivers looking to get more power, the Sport 2.0T and Touring models deliver 252 hp and 273 lb-ft via a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. For better throttle control, Honda's turbocharged engines receive updated engine-management software. Lastly, a braking-system update delivers smoother engagement at low-speeds, such as during parking situations and stop-and-go traffic.
2021 Honda Accord: Technology, Equipment, and Safety Features
An 8.0-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration are now standard on all 2021 Honda Accord and 2021 Honda Accord Hybrid models. New to the Accord is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android, which are standard on EX-L, Touring, Hybrid EX, and higher trim levels. For seamless access when connecting a smartphone, all front USB ports are now located at the front of the center console, while rear-seat passengers in Sport and Hybrid EX (and higher-level) models get 2.5-volt USB ports.
On the safety side, a standard rear-seat reminder alerts the driver to the possible presence of passengers or items left in the rear seat, and a standard rear seatbelt reminder determines whether or not belts are secured properly. Adaptive cruise control and lane-keep-assist features in the Honda Sensing system are also updated for smoother braking when following another vehicle, and to maintain a more centered lane position.
2021 Honda Accord and Accord Hybrid Highlights
- On sale Oct. 13
- Accord starts at $25,725, Accord Hybrid starts at $27,325
- New grille
- New wheel design
- New LED headlights are available
- Addition of Sport SE trim
- Accord Hybrid gets up to 48 mpg for both city and highway driving
- Updated braking system for smoother engagement
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard features, with wireless available
- Updated adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist